Aromatic invigorating coffee with milk was invented by Italians several centuries ago. The popularity of latte in the U.S. began to grow as soon as the drink appeared in the country. Every year there are more and more recipes, many Americans can no longer imagine a day without a cup of fragrant coffee with milk. In honor of their favorite drink, they came up with National Latte Day, the celebration of which was quickly supported by coffee lovers from all over the world.
In black freshly brewed coffee, the Italians were the first to add hot milk. To prepare such a drink began in the second half of the 17th century, and it was called latte.
In the United States, they learned about coffee with milk only in the early 20th century. Americans only became addicted to espresso, it then became the basis for the preparation of latte. Unlike Italy, it began to be cooked not at home, but in coffee shops. For the first time, fresh milk was added to espresso in a small cafe in Berkeley (California).
For a long time, latte was not very popular in the United States. Its taste was truly appreciated only in the early 90s. At this time, a huge number of chain coffee establishments opened in the country. Starbucks, Peet’s and Caribou tried to attract as many customers as possible by expanding the range of coffee drinks.
Latte made in a coffee machine certainly has nothing to do with Italian coffee with milk, but this fact does not make the drink less delicious. There are many additives that give the drink a unique taste (pumpkin, soap, vanilla, chocolate). During the hot period, caffe latte is served cold.
- Italians for more than 3 centuries have preserved the tradition of drinking a cup of hot latte for breakfast.
- In the United States, residents drink about 400 million cups of coffee daily, about 2% of the total is caffe latte.
- In 1950, a barista from Berkeley first prepared a latte for customers who found the cappuccino too strong.
- To decorate the surface of the drink with a pattern of cream was invented by Americans in the early 90s.
- In 2003, the first Latte art competition was held.
How to celebrate
Do not deny yourself the pleasure of drinking a cup of caffe latte in the early morning. You can drink your favorite drink in a coffee shop or prepare your own.
In National latte day, it will be useful to learn the history of the famous coffee, as well as experiment with additives to your own kitchens. New tastes of latte can be offered for evaluation to friends.
When is National Latte Day celebrated in 2024?
National Latte Day is observed on February 11 each year.